City of Vancouver Book Award

Book it in! Finalists announced for the City's 30th annual Book Award

​Public invited to the 2018 Book Award on December 8, 2018

November 8 2018 –

Four books that each reflect Vancouver's unique character and diverse culture have been selected as finalists for the 2018 City of Vancouver Book Award.

Everyone is welcome to join the awards ceremony. The winner will be announced at the event, following an intimate conversation with authors and collaborators.

When: Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 2pm to 3:30pm
Where: Ninth floor, VPL Central Library, 350 W Georgia St

2018 finalists

Spanning genres including poetry, long-form journalism, memoir, and anthology, the shortlisted books focus on connection and healing. The 2018 finalists are:

  • Chelene Knight for Dear Current Occupant (Book*hug), a genre-busting memoire of a childhood in precarious housing in 20 different homes in East Vancouver
  • Travis Lupick for Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City's Struggle with Addiction (Arsenal Pulp Press), a deep dive into the citizen-led advocacy that placed Vancouver at the vanguard of harm reduction
  • Erín Moure for Sitting Shiva on Minto Avenue, by Toots (New Star Books), a meditation on the impermanence of life and memory-especially in our fast-changing city
  • Rachel Rose, Ed for Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food (Anvil Press), a pairing of bold new voices with award-winning writers who serve us poems, memories, recipes, sumptuous photos, and interviews that satiate and satisfy

2018 jury members

The four shortlisted titles were chosen by an independent jury that included:

  • Nav Nagra - A writer and reader who serves on the board of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair and works closely with the non-profit sector in her position at Vantage Point
  • Dory Nason (Anishinaabe) - Senior Instructor at the Institute of Critical Indigenous Studies & the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC
  • Billeh Nickerson - An author, editor, and educator whose collection, Artificial Cherry, was nominated for the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award. He's permanent faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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